Obama 'optimistic' about U.S. World Cup chances

President Obama is "very proud" of the U.S. men's national soccer team's showing at the World Cup after "a couple strong performances," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday.

"I know that the president is very proud of the performance of the team so far and is optimistic about their continued success," Earnest said.

After winning its opening match over Ghana, the U.S. men's team settled for a tie with Portugal after a last-minute goal thwarted hopes for early advancement into the round of 16. The team plays Germany on Thursday, and will guarantee a spot in the next round with a win or tie.

The White House wouldn't say if the president plans to watch the match, slated for noon on Thursday. The president is expected to be in the air flying from Washington to Minnesota for a fundraiser and town hall event for most of the game.


"I don't know if he'll have a chance to watch the Germany game or not," Earnest said. "I think that we're scheduled to be on the road that day."